Chocolate City boss, Audu Maikori, has been granted bail after he was arraigned before a Kaduna Magistrate’s Court along Ibrahim Taiwo Road, his lawyer said Monday.
A lawyer and associate of Mr. Maikori, John Danfulani, said his client received the bail on “very liberal terms” Monday afternoon.
He was taken to court by police officers and the Director of Public Prosecution in Kaduna State, Dari Bayero, Mr. Danfulani said.
Mr. Danfulani said his client was granted bail after being charged for the first time on Monday,under the controversial Cybercrime Act.
Mr. Maikori faces allegations of incitement to violence initiated by the Kaduna State Government over inaccurate tweets he posted in which he alleged assassination of some college students in Southern Kaduna.
Maikori was arrested last week Friday and held at a police facility in Kaduna, exactly three weeks after he was first arrested in Lagos and detained for twenty four hours in Abuja on allegations of posting “inciting” materials on the Internet.
Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai pledged to ensure his thorough prosecution for allegedly circulating inflammatory materials capable of exacerbating the deadly conflict in Southern Kaduna.
“What he posted may have led to killings and we are trying to link the dates of the posting to attacks that may have happened the next day on Fulanis and if we are able to establish that causation, as lawyers, we know what it means,” Mr. El-Rufai said in Lagos March 4. “It is totally irresponsible to do that.”
The court adjourned further hearing on the matter until May 24.